I Was a Soldier

Byłem żołnierzem, 1970, 16 min. (documentary)

I Was a Soldier (1970)


Director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Titkow
Screenplay Krzysztof Kieslowski, Ryszard Zgorecki
Cinematography Stanislaw Niedbalski
There were three film studios in Warsaw: Documentary Film Studio (WFD), Polish TV, and Czolowka. In Czolowka, documentaries or films for the military were made, all sorts of commissions. For example, about a cannon, or a squadron, or about the organization of life in a military unit. To be honest, I have no idea what was produced there. I made one quite nice film there, a documentary, but not commissioned. It was called “I Was a Soldier”. It spoke of soldiers who had lost their sight in the Second World War. (…) The soldiers just sit there, in front of the camera, throughout the film and talk. I asked them what they dreamt about at night, and that was the subject of this film.
(Krzysztof Kieslowski)